Three healthy thinking strategies you can use to control negative thoughts and anxiety.
Negative thoughts trigger anxiety. To prevent this from happening, practice healthy thinking.
Here are three ways to practice healthy thinking.
Figure out which thoughts drag you down and practice “releasing statements”.
My downfall is eating too much chocolate. Sometimes I binge on chocolate and then feel badly that I overate. To recover from this thought, I forgive myself for overeating.
A person should never berate himself. Berating yourself does not help anything. When I forgive myself for eating too much chocolate, I can redirect my energy into finding a strategy to prevent myself from repeating the same mistake.
Use the “Question-Behavior Effect”. Ask yourself questions about your future to increase the likelihood that you will change your behavior.
Instead of berating myself for eating too much chocolate, I ask myself how much weight I want to lose. Asking myself this question reminds me to make better food choices.
To reset your negative thoughts and self-doubt, think about who you are becoming. Focus on your progress instead of perfection!
Every day I try to avoid eating chocolate. But this morning I ate three pieces of it from a candy jar on a clerk’s desk. I did not just take one—I took three! Shame on me, right?
Instead of focusing on the fact that I ate three pieces instead of just one, I said to myself, “I have come so far with my chocolate addiction. I took three instead of eating a whole bag of chocolate from the store.”
I have been practicing healthy thinking for quite a few years. I still have to work at it but each day I get a little bit better.